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UK staff at BMW have voted overwhelmingly to go on strike in a dispute over pensions, the Unite union has introduced.

BMW staff making engines and the Mini and Rolls-Royce motorcars plan to strike over plans to shut their last wage pension scheme.

The union says the proposal might see some UK staff lose as much as £160,000 in retirement earnings.

BMW mentioned it was “upset” however remained “open to negotiations”.

The motion includes as much as three,500 staff at vegetation in Cowley, Goodwood, Hams Corridor and Swindon.

Unite normal secretary Len McCluskey mentioned: “BMW must replicate on this extraordinary vote in favour of commercial motion and the true risk that its UK workforce will strike for the primary time underneath its possession within the coming weeks.

“We’d urge BMW to cease pinching pensions and negotiate a settlement which is nice for the enterprise and good for the workforce.”

The agency desires to shut two last wage pension schemes from June and transfer employees to a different scheme which new starters have been a part of since 2014.

A BMW spokesperson mentioned: “BMW Group has at all times prided itself in offering glorious pensions for its employees and needs to behave now to guard future pension provision for its UK workforce.”

The strike was backed by 93% of staff within the Unite union who voted within the poll.

Union officers will meet within the coming days to debate strike dates.